Well, it's been an... *interesting* 24 hours here.
My mom and I had plans to do a double-feature at the movies followed by dinner out yesterday. We went to the movies for the 11:20 showing of The Dark Knight
, which was AWESOME. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. Heath Ledger--gah! He *is* the Joker. Like--yes. That's all I'm saying, but eee! And then we went immediately to see Mamma Mia
--oh. SUCH CRACK. Sort of like Enchanted, they clearly had too much fun filming that and I laughed until it hurt--really good and remarkably faithful to the play, too. It must be seen to be appreciated, it was SO FUNNY.
So we left the theater at 4 in very high spirits and came outside and went "wow, that must have been a heck of a storm"--leaves and mulch and branches EVERYWHERE in the parking lot. Then Mom saw she had *18* missed phone calls. There was much panic on her part, but she got a hold of my brother. He was freaked out because the trees at the end of our driveway fell down. (He thinks they may have been struck by lightning--he was working, so he wasn't home. I'm not sure, although there is a Very Black section where it split. Anyway, there was one piece of the tree still upright and leaning so that he thought it was going to crash on my car where it sat in the turnaround, so he wanted to move it--but I had my keys. So we went home.
Ha. South Portland had power--Westbrook and Gorham had none; no traffic lights. Took FOREVER. And there were trees down EVERYWHERE. But we got home and saw our driveway and went "um." Because--trees down and blocking it and half the road. So I walked across the lawn and moved my car so it was not in Imminent Danger of being squashed. Then--another storm rolled through. And we heard a cracking, and--down came the other side of the tree. It fell across the lawn, though, thankfully--and not on our cars.
But we didn't get power until almost 9--and I think we were lucky. There was a tornado warning in York County, and according to the papers, over 3000 people in our town alone were still without power. We did not get CABLE--and the INTERNET--back until sometime this afternoon.
A neighbor came and offered to remove the tree for no charge if he could have the wood for his wood stove. YES PLEASE. Gah, tree removal is expensive, so we are very happy about that--the tree is now reduced to a lot of brush on the sides of our driveway.
We were lucky. We only lost the two trees and they did NOT crash on my car. An entire BARN
was blown over on the other side of town, and driving around today, it looks like a war zone. We are lucky to have power and cable back. I was afraid we would be without cable for DAYS. Oh, internet! ::hugs it::
'Course, they are predicting more storms every day until Wednesday. Nice.( Pictures of the damage! )
Mom and I did go to the Yarmouth Clam Festival
today, though, and got some really neat things in the craft show. I was wearing my Dark Knight shirt that aradiachiba
bought me at Six Flags and it was *quite* a conversation piece. Anyway, the Clam Fest was fun. Did not eat clams, though--ew. ;) (Had a lobster roll and fries and some steak tips. And a root beer float, yum!)
The best part was coming home to find my cable and internet back. ::hugs them::
Oh oh!!! Also, I saw a preview for Twilight
(um--not terribly impressed but my hopes are not quite as low as they were before?) and for High School Musical 3
. Which. Oh, the crack.